Academic Challenge and Engaged Community

When you join the Honors Program, you join an inclusive community whose connections start from your first day on campus and continue after you graduate. Honors students are challenged and empowered both inside the classroom, through small, seminar-style courses taught by talented faculty, and outside the classroom, through Honors extracurricular activities and events.

Over four years, the program helps hone your ability to think independently and lead collaboratively, preparing you to better understand, succeed in, and give back to our complex world.

Benefits of the Moreau Honors Program

Honors Scholars are are expected to contribute to the intellectual, cultural, and civic life of the college. In exchanged, they enjoy many benefits, including:

  • Enriching, cross-disciplinary Honors courses capped at 16 students 
  • Priority registration for all courses

  • Participation in honors-specific co-curricular activities and learning opportunities
  • Advising by the Honors Program Director, Honors Program faculty, and peer mentors

  • Leadership opportunities, including the Honors Advisory Council & Honors Orientation Leaders
  • Grant opportunities to support research, creative work, and conference attendance
  • Special Honors Orientation
  • Dedicated Honors Housing for the first year and options for subsequent years
  • Access to the Honors Lounge, where Honors students can study and relax together

  • Recognition at graduation and Honors notation on transcript

How to Apply

Students who wish to be considered for the Moreau Honors Program should provide a statement of interest after submitting their application for admission to the College through the Common Application. The link to submit the statement of interest will be made available in students' Applicant Status Portals.

Selection Process

The Admission Committee works in concert with the Director of the Moreau Honors Program and the Associate Provost in the review and selection of candidates based on their Common Application and supporting admission materials. The Moreau Honors Program draws its members from applicants whose high school experiences demonstrate strong academic, extracurricular, service and leadership qualities. The Committee actively seeks those students who feel as though they will thrive in the close-knit culture described above and who are motivated by the thoughtful, creative, self-reflective and globally minded character of the Moreau Honors Program.

Notification of Acceptance

Students are typically notified of their acceptance into the Honors Program two to three weeks following an offer of admission to the College.

The Honors Program has given me the opportunity and the skills to become a leader both within the program and in the broader Stonehill community.

Grant Funds to Supplement Your Honors Work

All Honors Scholars have the opportunity to apply for Moreau Honors Leadership Grants, awarded to support student leadership, research and conference presentations. Recent awards include:

  • Funding to attend the 2015 Social Justice Conference in Chicago, Illinois
  • Funding for travel to Sardinia, Italy, to help a farmer develop his “agriturismo” through the group Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms
  • Funding for field equipment for a thesis project titled “Comparative foraging behavior of two generalist tyrant flycatcher (Tyrannidae) species in Belize”
  • Funding to help defray costs for the Medical School Application Preparation EXtreme (APEX) program at the University of South Carolina during the beginning of June (APEX is a five day enrichment program that strives to broaden the knowledge and outlook of pre-medical students)
  • Funding for travel to present at the Humanities Education and Research Association in Washington, DC, on safe spaces in classrooms for students of color and women in higher education

Graduation Requirements

To graduate as a Moreau Honors Scholar, you must successfully complete a minimum of 15 credits in Honors courses in addition to the Honors First-Year Seminar and the Honors Senior Seminar. Honors Scholars must earn at least 3.50 cumulative and Honors GPAs.

Moreau Honors Scholar Medallion

Students who fulfill the requirements of the Honors Program graduate from the College with the special designation "Moreau Honors Scholar" and receive a distinctive medallion at Commencement to emphasize this status and wear it over their robes.

Graduate schools and employers are always on the lookout for exceptional candidates, those who have distinguished themselves personally and professionally. The status of Moreau Honors Scholar signals uncommon character and academic accomplishment and enhances other achievements featured on a curriculum vitae or résumé.

Applying for Admission

The Common Application

The Common Application is an easy-to-use college application system. You’ll need to provide some basic information about yourself and your family; and some more detailed information about your education and your extracurricular activities. You’ll also be asked to write a 500-650 word essay.

Contact Information

Sarah F. Gracombe

Sarah F. Gracombe

Professor of English, Director of the Moreau Honors Program